Convicted felon Chelsea Manning (born Bradley Manning) took a veiled swipe at President Trump while tweeting a Veterans Day message.
“Want to support veterans !? Stop sending us overseas to kill or be killed for your nationalist fairy tales,” Manning tweeted. “We can do better.”
It’s ironic that Manning tweeted about Veterans Day, which honors military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
In 2013, Chelsea Manning was dishonorably discharged from the Army after being convicted of espionage for leaking more than 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents online.
It was the largest leak of classified data in U.S. history. Experts say the extensive leaks endangered American lives around the world and helped our enemies.
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) November 11, 2017
Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for espionage, but was set free in 2017 by former president Barack Obama, who shortened his sentence to seven years.
During his jail stint, Manning tried to commit suicide and repeatedly complained about being clinically depressed. Despite his “severe depression,” Manning successfully sued for the right to get hormone therapy and undergo sex-change surgery in jail — all on taxpayers’ dime.
In May 2017, Bradley walked out of jail as Chelsea Manning, and has since been embraced as a liberal icon. To this day, Manning insists she is “not a traitor” even though she admitted she leaked top-secret intel.
“I did the best I could in my circumstances to make an ethical decision,” Manning said.
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